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April 16, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
The field for the Kentucky Derby is coming into focus, and what's crystal clear is that trainer Bob Baffert possesses a powerful 1-2 punch in Point Given and Congaree. What remains to be seen, however, is whether usual Derby trainers D. Wayne Lukas and Nick Zito can come up with 3-year-olds worthy of competing in the Derby on May 5. Lukas, with four Derby wins and at least one runner in each of the last 20 editions, might be down to his final chance in Turnberry Isle, scheduled to run in the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday.
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September 2, 1995 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
Five years ago, Preakness winner Summer Squall came to Philadelphia Park and won the Pennsylvania Derby. Thus ended a remarkable run of star-quality performers in the commonwealth's biggest thoroughbred race. Smarten, Broad Brush, Afleet - those were serious horses. Summer Squall won $1.8 million in a career compromised by a bleeding problem. The 13 3-year-olds entered yesterday for Monday's 17th Pennsylvania Derby have combined to win just under $1.2 million. It's a nice, competitive field, but the winner will become the first Grade II stakes winner of the bunch.
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September 20, 2011 | BY DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
THE BIG horse is not coming, but, for just the second time in the history of the Pennsylvania Derby, a Triple Crown race winner will be in the starting gate for Saturday's $1 million race at Parx Racing. Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice was installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the field of nine 3-year-olds for the mile-and-an-eighth race. Close second-choice is To Honor and Serve. It would be no surprise if To Honor and Serve, trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, actually is made the favorite by post time.
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May 7, 2011 | By Beth Harris, Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The pockmarked road to the Kentucky Derby claimed another victim Friday when Uncle Mo was scratched because of a mysterious stomach ailment, further dimming a race already short on star power and speed. Uncle Mo's defection also threw the Derby wide open. "You're never safe until you put that saddle on, because anything can happen," Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said. Owner Mike Repole announced the decision to scratch second favorite Uncle Mo about 40 minutes before wagering opened for the 137th Derby, set for Saturday at 6:24 p.m. The colt has been bothered by a stomach problem, but veterinarians couldn't find a reason for his decreased appetite, energy, and poor-looking coat.
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May 6, 1994 | By Jay Searcy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The deepest, most talented field in perhaps a decade drew post positions for the 120th Kentucky Derby yesterday. Fifteen of the nation's best 3-year- old colts are scheduled to run here tomorrow in the world's most famous horse race (Channel 6, 5:32 p.m.). As expected, Holy Bull, the big gray gift horse who launched his Cinderella career at Monmouth Park in New Jersey last summer, was given the favorite's role at 8-5, and, to the delight of his Philadelphia connections, drew the No. 4 post position.
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September 6, 1993 | By Craig Donnelly, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
All week long Ben Perkins Jr. debated where he should run his star 3-year old, Storm Tower. The trainer had entered Storm Tower in both the Pennsylvania Derby and the one-mile Jerome Handicap at Belmont Park, but was leaning heavily to racing in New York. Yesterday morning, however, for a variety of reasons, he decided to start Storm Tower, the Wood Memorial winner, in today's $200,000 Pennsylvania Derby, a Grade II race covering 1 1/8 miles at Philadelphia Park, where he will be heavily favored to beat his 10 opponents from start to finish.
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April 13, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
After watching Strong Contender work in the starting gate and gallop around Keeneland, John Ward walked back to his car a satisfied trainer. "You don't have to tinker with talent," Ward said yesterday. The talent may be there, but Strong Contender still needs a near-flawless performance in Saturday's $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes for a chance to run in the Kentucky Derby 3 weeks later. "We have a finite target," Ward said. "We have to be there. " The lightly raced Strong Contender is 2-for-2 and is running in his first stakes race.
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May 2, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In a perfect world, Kentucky Derby favorite California Chrome would have drawn outside the other speed horses, where traffic is less likely to be an issue. Also in a perfect world, the Derby field would be limited to a rational 14, not an irrational 20, the biggest field allowed in any American race. Nothing is close to perfect in horse racing, a sport where what you think you know often becomes irrelevant a second after the horses leave the starting gate. So, trying to overanalyze yesterday afternoon's post position draw is really not worth the effort.
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April 4, 2007 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Matz, the trainer of last year's Kentucky Derby winner, Barbaro, believes he has a 3-year-old capable of contending in this year's Derby. The problem: Matz doesn't believe his horse, Chelokee, will be able to get in the Derby. Matz said that Chelokee will be shipped from his winter headquarters in Florida to Keeneland in the next week or so. Matz plans to be ready to run him in the Kentucky Derby if he gets in the field. Chelokee's third-place finish in Saturday's Florida Derby, after a really tough trip, earned him $100,000, but this was the horse's first graded stake, and $100,000 typically isn't enough to crack the 20-horse Derby field.
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April 11, 2005 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rockport Harbor, the injury-plagued Philadelphia Park-based colt trying to get to the Kentucky Derby, will skip Saturday's Arkansas Derby and wait for the April 23 Lexington Stakes, his owner said yesterday. "He should be very fit for that race," owner Rick Porter of Wilmington said via e-mail, "and is not afraid of coming back in two weeks for the [Kentucky] Derby, since he is so lightly raced since November of '04. " Trainer John Servis had jockey Stewart Elliott fly in for a workout yesterday morning at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Rockport Harbor worked seven furlongs in 1 minute, 25 3/5 seconds.
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May 5, 2016 | Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - From Spectacular Bid in 1979 to Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000, the Kentucky Derby often seemed an unsolvable puzzle with random results, not a single favorite winning. Since 2000, seven favorites have won, including Fu Peg, Smarty Jones, Street Sense, Big Brown and, the last 3 years, Orb, California Chrome and American Pharoah. What rarely made sense has made perfect sense lately. Which brings us to Nyquist, the most accomplished Derby favorite of this run, a Breeders' Cup champion, a Florida Derby winner, unbeaten in seven starts, four Grade I wins, a record $3.3 million in earnings, the most ever by any Derby entrant.
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May 2, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In a perfect world, Kentucky Derby favorite California Chrome would have drawn outside the other speed horses, where traffic is less likely to be an issue. Also in a perfect world, the Derby field would be limited to a rational 14, not an irrational 20, the biggest field allowed in any American race. Nothing is close to perfect in horse racing, a sport where what you think you know often becomes irrelevant a second after the horses leave the starting gate. So, trying to overanalyze yesterday afternoon's post position draw is really not worth the effort.
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May 2, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Todd Pletcher has won 2,500 races in the last 10 years. The horses he trains have accounted for nearly $200 million in purses during that time. He has accumulated somewhere around $20 million for himself. His horses are 1-for-31 in the Kentucky Derby. "I think a couple ways you can look at it," Pletcher said. "I think for one, people seem to think that I've been training for 50 years or something, when in reality I first got my license in '96 and I think we had our first Derby starters in 2000.
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May 4, 2012 | Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, KY. - Trainer Larry Jones had little time to celebrate the last time he won the Kentucky Oaks with Proud Spell in 2008. One day later, Eight Belles, his other top filly, broke down and was euthanized after the Kentucky Derby. Jones' focus this week is on Believe You Can in Friday's $1 million Kentucky Oaks after he pulled Mark Valeski out of contention for the Derby. He's hoping for success he can finally savor for a while four years after the tragedy. Grace Hall is the early 5-2 favorite and most recently rolled to a 61/2-length victory in the Gulfstream Park Oaks.
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April 24, 2012 | Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
The 2012 Kentucky Derby will have more consistent, talented 3-year-olds in the starting gate on May 5 than any Derby in years. An incredible nine of the 14 horses that ran in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile have won 2012 stakes races. And three horses that did not even run in the Juvenile, the super fast Bodemeister, unbeaten Gemologist and Santa Anita Derby winner I'll Have Another, will all be taking major action at the betting windows. Union Rags, the horse with all the Pennsylvania connections, may not have won his most recent start.
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April 10, 2012 | Associated Press
Derby fever is springing up all over. Owner Kendall Hansen has it now, saying he "can hardly work" as he counts down the week before his horse named Hansen runs in the Kentucky Derby on May 5. First, Hansen has one more prep race, and that's the Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland, about a 90-minute drive from Louisville. The near-white colt will be facing about a dozen rivals on the synthetic Polytrack, including fellow Derby hopefuls Dullahan and Howe Great. While Hansen remains No. 1 in the Associated Press' latest Run to the Roses' Top 10, Gemologist affirmed his No. 2 status ahead of No. 3 Union Rags with a hard-fought win in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on Saturday.
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September 21, 2011
Saturday at Parx Racing, 11th race, $1 million, Grade II, 3-year-olds, 11/8 miles. TV: NBC10 nonstop from 5-6 p.m. PP Horse           Jockey     Last 3 Trainer      Odds 1    Ruler On Ice          G. Gomez    4-3-1    Kelly Breen        5-2 2    Arthur's Tale          A. Garcia       2-1-4    Thomas Albertrani 12-1 3    Pender Harbour       L. Contreras    1-1-3    Michael De Paulo 12-1 4    Norman Asbjornson    J.
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September 20, 2011 | BY DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
THE BIG horse is not coming, but, for just the second time in the history of the Pennsylvania Derby, a Triple Crown race winner will be in the starting gate for Saturday's $1 million race at Parx Racing. Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice was installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the field of nine 3-year-olds for the mile-and-an-eighth race. Close second-choice is To Honor and Serve. It would be no surprise if To Honor and Serve, trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, actually is made the favorite by post time.
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May 19, 2011 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
BALTIMORE - The horses entered for the 136th Preakness were matched with their post positions on Wednesday evening during a wine-and-appetizers reception for the human participants involved in the race. There aren't as many owners and trainers with cases of nerves at the Preakness draw as there are at the Kentucky Derby draw. That's because the Preakness is limited to 14 starters, and there aren't the sort of luck-crunching post draws that occur to horses sentenced to the inside and outside flanks of the Derby's typical 20-horse stampede.
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May 7, 2011 | By DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In the least surprising development of Kentucky Derby Week, it was announced yesterday morning that 2-year-old champion Uncle Mo would be scratched from today's race. The colt, so brilliant last year when winning his three races by a combined 23 1/4 lengths, did not make his 3-year-old debut until March 12 in a glorified workout disguised as a race. Uncle Mo won easily. Then he got very tired at the end of the Wood Memorial on April 9 and faded to third. Something clearly was amiss.
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